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Do you kids do NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free) with your dog? I'd say that your dog perceives that when you are gone, he has to be the leader. Why don't have your kids start feeding (and ask for a sit or down and then release before he gets to eat) and treating the dog? This will help him understand that they have the situation under control when you are gone. More training in general with the entire family will help this. Use recall and other games outside that involve everyone--your dogs does what's asked and then gets the toy or whatever.

And please be VERY careful. Until you've got him reliable around other kids when you're not home I would keep him leashed to your 17 yo or crated.
 
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